On his first visit to Jaffna as Defence Ministry Secretary, Maj Gen (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne said the country’s intelligence agencies have a vital role to play in keeping tabs on the LTTE which he said is attempting to re-emerge.
Addressing troops stationed in Jaffna, Gunaratne also noted that the agencies need to monitor “extremist groups of misled youth who have misinterpreted their religion and are trying to destabilise the country’s peace.”
A group of Muslim extremists had created havoc in the country inflicting fear and suspicion among the communities while destroying the economy, he said.
A fully-fledged investigation was needed, he noted, to probe the Easter Sunday attacks to find those responsible.
“This is a Buddhist country and people have the freedom to practice their own religions and it is our duty to create a conducive environment where all ethnic groups can live respectfully”, Gunaratne said.
Noting that tri-forces, police and civil defence forces personnel had sacrificed their lives to bring peace to the country after a three-decade-long war against terrorism, he said the forces also rehabilitated and reintegrated over 12,000 ex- LTTEers into society.
“We have taken all measures to look into the welfare of the tri-forces and the police personnel. We give them training to face any threat or challenge in future. The government will look after those soldiers who had been wounded badly and became disabled. We will also ensure that their families, especially their parents and children, will be given support to uplift their living standards,” he said, adding that the war veterans should also maintain their dignity.